I just got a Nice Answer badge on What verb should I use when someone “turns into” a zombie?. Thanks to our tireless techies, clicking on the notification link autoscrolled down to my answer. I couldn't avoid noticing a fairly short scrollbar thumb, suggesting either someone had posted a very long answer, or there were a lot of answers for what seemed to me a relatively trivial question.
It turned out to be the latter, and to my mind several of them were somewhat pointless "Me too!" answers. I knew my privilege level gave me either a vote or unilateral power to protect questions, but I hadn't realised until now that protected questions must be at least a day old.
I can't find anything in that question up there on "meta meta" (the last link above) about the one day rule, nor anywhere else on SO. I'm tempted to think it has some rationale that doesn't apply to ELU, where any competent native speaker could reel off an almost endless list of alternatives for mutate, turn, transform, convert, evolve, devolve, grow, mature, adapt, become [a zombie].
Obviously no-one ever actually does post the "definitive list", so new users who haven't necessarily grasped the ideals of the site are tempted to dive in with "yet-another-possibility-I-just-thought-of". And I think the fact that new users can answer but not comment doesn't always help here.
I'm not sure if this is a
feature request: Can ELU dispense with the 1-day limit, please?
discussion: Why would any SO site want a 1-day limit?
so I'll tag both (Yeah, yeah - I know the second should really be on SO meta - Gimmie a break!)